I read this quote recently from Jae Ellard, founder of Simple Intentions:
“...most people share a simple and similar desire to create easy joy and meaningful engagement between interconnected roles, relationships and responsibilities that make up their lives. And this is what they mean when they talk about work-life balance.”
To hear friends and clients express frustration over work-life balance can be an understatement. We live in a world that has blurred those lines. From a parent checking work emails at their child’s baseball game to someone who is doing work while watching Netflix in the evening.
What is it that we really want in this “balanced” life? Less work and more play? Less stress? More time for what’s important?
I’m trying to figure that out myself. I do resonate somewhat with Ellard’s quote. I am desiring joy and meaningful engagement in work and life, not just the “life” part. I want a career that brings me joy, that allows me to make my contribution to my part of the world, and gives me relationships that uplift and challenge me. Besides, isn’t work part of our life and living?
As a Professional Coach, I have the opportunity to give people the space and time to really understand what they are seeking and desiring. The conversations can be eye opening (I really don’t like my job) and life-giving (I have more clarity about how I want to balance and integrate my whole life). This is not easy work, I know. But in the end, it is well worth the pain and choices.
Why would you want to give equal measure to parts of your life that drain you? Why not spend some time trying to figure out what you truly desire in your life? And then integrate what gives you joy and meaning!
Helping others find that “balance,” joy and meaning is what I love to do! The scales tip, some things get dumped off, others get added in, and a life that supports you brings you a greater quality of life!! Now that’s balance!
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